It was all anguish in Jos yesterday morning as four members of same family, father and three children, were all consumed in a fire outbreak at Jenta Adamu area of the city, leaving their charred remains burnt beyond recognition. The victims, Anthony Kwanmi, a retired police officer and one-time aide- de camp to former governor of the state, Mr. Fidelis Tapgun, and his three children, met their death in the most cruel manner at about 3a.m. yesterday when power surge allegedly exploded into the unquenchable inferno. Eyewitnesses said the four were held captive due to the fortified security barricade in the house, preventing neighbours from gaining entry to render help.
His wife and a daughter,escaped narrowly, but not without severe burn and are now receiving treatment at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital (BhUTH), Jos. The eyewitnesses narrated that the wall of the house had to be broken by neighbours who struggled to rescue the wife and a daughter. Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state police command, Mr. Tyopev Terna, confirmed the tragedy, adding that a division of the state police force got a call at about 3a.m yesterday and his men were mobilised to the scene to join efforts with fire fighters in putting out the fire. He confirmed that the retired police officer and three children died, while the wife and a daughter survived but are in the hospital.